6 Mantras To Help You Justify Going After Your 'Unrealistic' Dream Job

by Courtney Han
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It seems like Millennials are supposed to be content with landing any job they can possibly get, whether they want to work in the field or not. Today, working is all about making money and paying off student loan debt, not pursuing a passion and creating a legacy.

Those pursuing their dream jobs, with careers in entertainment, entrepreneurship or basically anything that has a low success rate and is drastically different from a 9-to-5 desk job, are considered irrational and unwise.

As an aspiring journalist, I've been on the receiving end of remarks that essentially attack the job I have dreamed of since I was a child. People tell me it's either too hard to break into, or there's no money in it.

If the negativity starts to bother you (it certainly has for me), refer to these six mantras to boost your confidence and keep you on track to becoming whatever you want to be.

1. If you never try, you'll never know.

I know it's a cliché, but you only live once. There will be times when your goal seems completely unattainable. Maybe you give up, or maybe you don't. But if you don't at least try to go after your dream job, you will never know if you could have failed or succeeded.

Pursue your passions and work hard. You won’t regret your decision.

2. It's about the journey just as much as the destination.

Along the path of pursuing your dream job, you could find a career that interests you more. You will probably meet amazing, like-minded people who will become your closest friends.

And I guarantee you will have the time of your life. The point is, setting out to do what you are passionate about could lead you to experience so many other incredible things.

3. It's possible to fail at something you don't want, so why not go after what you do want?

You could fail at trying to become president. But, you can also fail at a "safe" job, especially if your interest and passion isn't there. Why not put your energy into going after what you really want?

You will be so much more willing to go the extra mile for your job.

4. Forcing yourself to do something you don't want to do will only result in unhappiness.

We’ve all experienced our parents forcing us to do an activity when we were young. Whether it was playing the piano or a sport you just weren't interested in, every minute of it felt like torture.

It's the same thing with a job that you aren't interested in. Your job shouldn't feel like work, but if you don't like what you do, it will.

5. You may fail a thousand times, but you'll be that much smarter.

Don't let the fear of failure hold you back because you'll probably fail countless times. But every time you do fail, you are learning how to do something better, and you are learning something new.

6. When you do achieve your goal, you can silently laugh at all the haters.

When you finally achieve your dream of becoming a movie star, an astronaut or a millionaire business owner, your success will speak for itself. You can silently laugh in everyone's face because you had the courage to go after what you wanted.

Your career is about you. Whatever you want to be, do whatever you can to accomplish it.

Don’t let others dictate what you should and shouldn’t do. It’s your life, so be selfish because you only get one.